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Do A Lot Of People Get Esophageal Varices
Rarely: Volvulus is a twisting of the GI tract. It can occur at the stomach level, small bowel and proximal colon or the sigmoid colon. Some activities such as laxative abuse may predispose to volvulus. Oftentimes volvulus occurs due to congenital non fixation of the intestine. Any frequent severe abdominal pain associated with bilious (green) vomiting needs prompt evaluation. ...Read more
Not common: Many more people get acute pancreatitis, due to gallstones that got stuck along the pathway, alcohol, trauma, meds, high triglycerides (>800-1000). Chronic pancreatitis most commonly seen in chronic alcohol abusers, with recurrent episodes of pancreatitis, induced by continued intake of alcohol. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Chronic cholecystitis is caused by transient obstruction of the gallbladder by a gallstone, causing right-upper or upper-midline pain(non-cramping, severe, radiating into back); it is often associated with nausea+/-vomiting. Acute cholecystitis will cause the same pain, however it may last for a day or more, and may be associated with fever. ~750, 000 operations/yr in us, so it is quite common. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Primary, no...: Secondary (metastasis), yes. Worldwide "hepatoma" is common (aphlatoxin exposure), rather uncmmon in us-associated with hepatitis b & c, cirrhosis of any cause. Best managed by surgery if resectable. Secondary cancer (from GI (stomach, colon, panc; breast: lung primaries) quite common. ...Read more
Typically no: Esophageal stricture is basaically a narrowing of your "food-pipe" that carries food from your mouth to your stomach. Depending on the severity of the stricture, most often ones feels that food is getting stuck as he/she swallow. Mild stricture often cause "stuck-sensation" with solid, large pieces of food. As it gets tighter, smaller pieces, even liquid can cause problem. Either way, consult doc! ...Read more
Relatively, yes: Colon and rectal cancer is the 3rd most common cancer in the United States. It is the 2nd leading cause of cancer related deaths. Estimates for 2012 are 103, 170 colon & 40, 290 rectal cancer. Overall there is a 1 in 20 lifetime risk of developing colon or rectal cancer. Rectal cancers alone are relatively common. In comparison, rectal cancer is as common as leukemia (44, 600). ...Read more
Not common: Hemangiomas are benign overgrowths of blood vessels. The most obvious are on the skin and occur in infancy. But some also occur internally, most not causing a problem, but some associated with inherited vascular overgrowths and internal bleeding with changes in bodily function. See your family doctor or pediatrician if you suspect a problem in this area. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe: Myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscles) may occur from a variety of sources. In addition to viral infections there are bacterial, fungal, parasitic, and other inciting organisms. In addition one can have cancerous myocarditis and also a variety of metabolic conditions can also cause this (hemochromatosis, e.g.). Cannot calculate the overall frequency with which these occur. ...Read more
Yes: Esophagitis is a general term for any inflammation, irritation, or swelling of the esophagus. Many things can cause esophagitis, including infections, drugs, allergens or acid reflux. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd) is the most common cause of esophagitis, and studies show that over 40% of american adults experience the symptoms of this disease. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/nbk6896/. ...Read more
Rare event: Renal infarction is the term for loss of blood supply to all or a portion of the kidney which then dies. It is not a common event. It can be caused by atherosclerosis or more rarely, by blood clots lodging in the renal arteries. It can be a consequence of surgery on the abdominal aorta. ...Read more
Depends of Severity: The kidneys are generally well protected under the ribs and heavy flank muscles. However, major blows such as from motor vehicle accidents, falls from heights, large objects, fists, etc. May crush or compress the kidneys. Of course penetrating objects like knives, gunshots, or missiles, can directly damage any internal organ. Blood in the urine is often found after major kidney trauma. ...Read more
Constipation Child: Constipation in children can manifest as small hard stool, pain when trying to defecate &/or abdominal pain. It may take weeks-months to fully resolve the problem so does require patience . Increasing fibre (wholemeal breads/pasta, fruit, vegetable) and water in the diet are the most effective natural remedies. Over the counter laxatives are helpful & safe e.g. lactulose or paraffin. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Infectious Disease: A tough question to answer in short but i'll try. In the US leishmaniasis is not often seen. It is a caused by a protozoa transmitted by the female sandfly. In certain areas of the world it can be common. Insect control practices can greatly reduce the chances of a person being bitten (and getting the disease). There are many forms of the disease and it can be very difficult to treat. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Quite variable: People with esophagitis, usually caused by acid refluxing from the stomach because the valve between the stomach and esophagus isn't properly functioning, can have varying degrees of discomfort. Some have absolutely no symptoms and some have quite severe symptoms of burning pain in the upper abdomen, lower chest. Alcohol, coffee, large meals can all contribute to these symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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